Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 88%
Handling 87%
Wear 83%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 83%
Snow Grip 87%
Ice Grip 53%

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 P is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 830 P

This tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860 S

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Tyre review data from 12 tyre reviews averaging 82% over 90,810 miles driven.


Latest Group Test Results

2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test - 4th of 49 tyres

2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test - 4th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Although tires were launched five years ago, they still perform well due to their balanced performance, stable behavior and good lateral stability in the snow, good wet handling
  • Negative - Relatively long braking distance on snow and dry surfaces
  • Overall - Excellent

2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Balanced winter tyre with excellent grip in the snow, and good handling in the wet and dry. Particularly dynamic steering and short braking distances in the wet.
  • Negative - High price.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
235/75 R15 109T XL   C C 72 13.88kgs
225/55 R16 95H MOE F C 72 13.70kgs
225/55 R16 95H   C C 72 9.31kgs
225/55 R16 99V XL   C C 72 9.35kgs
205/60 R16 92H AO C C 72 9.25kgs
225/60 R16 98H   E B 72 10.79kgs
225/60 R16 102V XL   C B 72 10.82kgs
235/60 R16 100H   C C 72 10.29kgs
215/65 R16 102H XL   C C 72 10.12kgs
215/65 R16 98T   C C 72 10.12kgs
215/65 R16 98H   C C 72 10.12kgs
195/70 R16 94H   C C 72 9.58kgs
215/70 R16 104H XL   C C 72 10.65kgs
215/70 R16 100T   E C 72 10.65kgs
225/70 R16 103H   E C 72 12.01kgs
235/70 R16 106H   C C 72 13.16kgs
245/70 R16 111H XL   C C 72 14.69kgs
245/70 R16 107T   E C 72 14.66kgs
255/70 R16 111T   B C 73 14.49kgs
245/40 R17 95V XL   C B 72 8.89kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   C C 72 8.62kgs
215/45 R17 91V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
215/45 R17 91H XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 10.49kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 9.20kgs
235/45 R17 97V XL   C C 72 9.25kgs
205/50 R17 93V XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
205/50 R17 93H XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
215/50 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.94kgs
215/50 R17 95H XL   C B 72 8.88kgs
225/50 R17 94H MO C C 72 10.57kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 12.65kgs
225/50 R17 94H AO E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL AO E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 94H MO E C 72 10.44kgs
235/50 R17 96V   C C 72 10.51kgs
205/55 R17 91H MO C B 72 8.99kgs
205/55 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.58kgs
205/55 R17 91H   C C 72 8.58kgs
215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 9.76kgs
215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 10.97kgs
215/55 R17 98V XL   C C 72 8.92kgs
215/55 R17 98H XL   C C 72 8.79kgs
225/55 R17 97H *MO C C 72 11.13kgs
225/55 R17 97H AO C B 72 10.62kgs
225/55 R17 97H *MOE E C 72 13.89kgs
225/55 R17 97H   C C 72 10.23kgs
225/55 R17 101V XL   B C 72 10.11kgs
235/55 R17 103V XL   C C 72 10.77kgs
235/55 R17 99H   C C 72 10.77kgs
275/55 R17 109H   C B 73 14.39kgs
205/60 R17 93H   C C 72 10.95kgs
215/60 R17 100V XL   C C 72 10.03kgs
225/60 R17 103V XL   C B 72 11.54kgs
225/60 R17 99H   C C 72 11.36kgs
235/60 R17 106V XL   C C 72 11.58kgs
255/60 R17 106H   C C 73 14.94kgs
215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 11.27kgs
215/65 R17 99T   C B 72 10.93kgs
215/65 R17 99V   C B 72 10.64kgs
215/65 R17 99H AO C B 72 11.68kgs
215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 12.74kgs
225/65 R17 106V XL   C C 72 12.59kgs
225/65 R17 102T   E C 72 12.56kgs
225/65 R17 102H   E C 72 12.58kgs
235/65 R17 108V XL   C B 72 12.95kgs
235/65 R17 108H XL   E C 72 13.90kgs
235/65 R17 104H AO C C 72 14.12kgs
245/65 R17 107H   C B 72 15.18kgs
245/65 R17 111H XL   C B 72 15.18kgs
255/65 R17 110H   E B 73 15.42kgs
255/65 R17 114H XL   C B 73 15.42kgs
265/65 R17 116H XL   C C 73 15.49kgs
265/65 R17 112H   C C 73 15.49kgs
265/65 R17 112T   C C 73 15.49kgs
235/70 R17 111H XL   C B 72 13.05kgs
225/35 R18 87W XL   E C 72 8.74kgs
265/35 R18 97V XL   C C 73 11.49kgs
215/40 R18 89V XL   E B 72 9.00kgs
225/40 R18 92V XL   C C 72 9.36kgs
235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 11.72kgs
235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
235/40 R18 95W XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL   C C 72 11.08kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL AO C B 72 11.56kgs
245/40 R18 97W XL   C C 72 11.21kgs
265/40 R18 101V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
215/45 R18 93V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL         12.85kgs
225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 72 9.67kgs
225/45 R18 95H XL MOE E C 72 11.63kgs
235/45 R18 94V   C C 72 11.71kgs
235/45 R18 94V   C B 72 10.38kgs
235/45 R18 98V XL   C C 72 10.63kgs
245/45 R18 100V XL   C C 72 11.93kgs
245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 11.76kgs
245/45 R18 100V XL *MOE E C 72 13.87kgs
245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 13.19kgs
255/45 R18 103V XL   C C 73 11.60kgs
215/50 R18 92V   C C 72 9.76kgs
225/50 R18 99V XL   C B 72 11.02kgs
235/50 R18 101V XL   C C 72 10.92kgs
235/50 R18 97H   C C 72 10.92kgs
215/55 R18 99V XL   C B 72 10.47kgs
215/55 R18 95T XL (+) C B 72 12.75kgs
225/55 R18 102V XL   C C 72 11.33kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 11.30kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 12.78kgs
235/55 R18 100H AO C B 72 12.09kgs
235/55 R18 104V XL   C B 72 12.89kgs
255/55 R18 109V XL   C C 73 13.62kgs
215/60 R18 98H MOE E B 72 13.95kgs
215/60 R18 102T XL MOE C B 72 13.70kgs
225/60 R18 104V XL   C B 72 10.85kgs
235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 14.02kgs
235/60 R18 107H XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 12.53kgs
235/60 R18 107V XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
245/60 R18 105H   C C 72 14.15kgs
255/60 R18 108V MGT C B 73 14.50kgs
255/60 R18 112H XL   B C 73 14.27kgs
255/60 R18 112V XL   C B 73 14.41kgs
265/60 R18 114H XL   C C 73 15.13kgs
235/65 R18 110H XL   C C 72 13.49kgs
235/70 R18 110V XL   C C 72 13.72kgs
225/35 R19 88W XL   E B 72 9.15kgs
235/35 R19 91W XL   E C 72 9.62kgs
235/40 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.21kgs
245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 10.86kgs
245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 12.33kgs
255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.71kgs
255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.46kgs
225/45 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.27kgs
245/45 R19 102V XL AO C B 72 12.05kgs
255/45 R19 104V XL   C B 73 13.05kgs
235/50 R19 99V AO C B 72 12.87kgs
235/50 R19 99V   E B 72 13.84kgs
235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 13.87kgs
235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 11.97kgs
235/50 R19 103V XL   C C 72 11.32kgs
255/50 R19 107V XL   C C 73 15.46kgs
265/50 R19 110V XL   C C 73 12.10kgs
265/50 R19 110V XL MGT C C 73 15.67kgs
205/55 R19 97H XL   C B 72 9.56kgs
225/55 R19 99V   C C 72 11.29kgs
235/55 R19 101H AO C B 72 14.65kgs
235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 12.17kgs
235/55 R19 105V XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
235/55 R19 105H XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 13.67kgs
255/55 R19 111V XL   C C 73 15.58kgs
255/55 R19 111H XL AO B B 73 14.64kgs
265/55 R19 113V XL   B B 73 16.43kgs
265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.52kgs
265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.53kgs
265/55 R19 109H   C B 73 17.08kgs
275/55 R19 111H MO C B 73 18.33kgs
255/65 R19 114V XL   C C 73 18.01kgs
155/70 R19 84T   C C 71 7.86kgs
275/30 R20 97W XL RO1 E C 73 12.85kgs
255/35 R20 97W XL   E B 73 11.50kgs
255/40 R20 101W XL AO C B 73 12.76kgs
265/40 R20 104V XL   C C 73 11.86kgs
275/40 R20 106V XL   E C 73 14.26kgs
285/40 R20 108V XL   C B 75 14.56kgs
235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 11.11kgs
235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 12.84kgs
245/45 R20 103W XL AO C B 72 12.88kgs
245/45 R20 103V XL   C C 72 12.36kgs
255/45 R20 105V XL   C C 73 14.86kgs
255/45 R20 101V AO E C 73 15.04kgs
275/45 R20 110V XL   C C 73 14.74kgs
255/50 R20 109V XL   C C 72 15.64kgs
255/50 R20 109H XL AO C B 73 14.81kgs
265/50 R20 111V XL   C B 73 14.91kgs
275/50 R20 113V XL MO C B 73 17.37kgs
275/50 R20 113V XL   B B 73 17.37kgs
195/55 R20 95H XL   B C 72 9.03kgs
235/55 R20 105V XL   C B 72 13.72kgs
255/55 R20 110V XL   C B 73 15.09kgs
235/60 R20 108V XL   B C 72 12.15kgs
255/60 R20 113V XL   C C 73 18.37kgs
255/35 R21 98V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
255/40 R21 102V XL   B C 73 11.86kgs
285/40 R21 109V XL   C B 75 14.22kgs
315/40 R21 115V XL   B B 75 16.57kgs
265/45 R21 108V XL   B B 73 13.27kgs
275/45 R21 110W XL   B B 73 14.49kgs
275/45 R21 110V XL   B B 73 14.43kgs
285/45 R21 113V XL AO C B 75 17.70kgs
265/40 R22 106V XL   C B 73 13.04kgs
275/45 R22 112W XL   C C 73 16.62kgs
285/45 R22 114V XL   B C 75 15.92kgs

Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

2019-11-12 - I recently had these tyres (225/40/18 92V) fitted to my M140i based on your reviews for winter. So far these are living up to the test results beyond expectation. One aspect that seriously impresses is the added ride comfort the Contis have over the Michelin Pilot Super Sport normally fitted for the summer. So now I want this ride comfort in a summer tyre too. So the question is what do I replace the MPSS with next spring to achieve this? Michelin Pilot Sport 4? Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5? Conti PremiumContact 6?

All three of those tyres should be more comfortable than the PSS, personally I would choose the Asymmetric 5.

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Size Price Range  
215/45 R17 £127.11 - £136.33 (18 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £114.31 - £122.14 (9 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R18 £128.30 - £149.34 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R18 £142.59 - £169.19 (26 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/55 R17 £128.70 - £272.80 (23 Prices) Compare Prices >>
265/35 R18 £166.00 - £179.49 (9 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Continental WinterContact TS 850 P Review

Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Excellent winter tire. Much better than the ts 830 which was a disppointment. Incredible control on snow. A bit less efficient on slush. Very good grip, traction and braking distance. Not to noisy. Wear and tear not yet evalued since drove only 5000 km.
Personaly I find it superior to the new Michelin Pilot Alpin P4. But the only major difference is the performance of the ts859 vs.pa4 on snowy roads.
84 - tyre reviewed on November 17, 2013   

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Given 92% while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (265/35 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 16,000 easy going miles
Brilliant tyres , much quieter than my summer Pirelli P Zerros . Much better tyre overall full stop. I have them on a heavy Mercedes E350 estate and the ride and everything else is sublime . My tyre sizes are 265/35/18 rear and 245/40/18 front. Wear seems excellent too, I do 80% motorway driving so it is to be expected .
1 - tyre reviewed on April 15, 2020   
Given 71% while driving a SEAT Leon Cupra 290 (225/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 3,000 average miles
Tyres deliver good feedback and do well in the dry and wet. They seem a bit harsh. Braking distance in the dry is alright. Could do better.

Wear is my problem with this tyre. I do drive mostly average. Like 10% of my drives are spirited.
Front tyres are already down to 5-5.5mm.

Not quiet sure if i would buy them again. Since wear is quiet high
0 - tyre reviewed on February 2, 2020   
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Given 71% while driving a Opel Astra H OPC (235/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 25,000 spirited miles
We bought these winter tyres for Astra OPC (VXR) petrol 2.0. It is not the sportiest car but still fast enough to require (even in winter) something tolerating the speed in excess of 200km/h (well, occasionally). Our car was originally equipped with Michelin Super Sports. Compared to them, the ContinentalWinter 850P is very comfortable. The first thing to notice was its noise level almost equal (or even lower) to the summer Super Sports. Well, winter Continentals are not very quick when pushed hard on the dry and not as precise when braking. Still, Conti does the job on the dry and sunny road. I like them on the wet and they are reasonably good on the snow. They cannot cope with too much snow, in which case I have snow chains (had to use them once in the Alps when going uphill to a remote skiing station).

Ice... In fact Conti 850 Ps are not for the ice at all. I was a keen user of studded Nokian Hakkapeliittas on my previous car. The Hakkapeliitaas used to give me real winter confidence. Now, the Conties give me speed on the dry winter road. And comfort. Lots of it.

When I changed back for my Michelin Super Sports this spring I really hated them first. Compared to Conti 850 Ps, super Sports were so rigid and unforgiving on the cobblestone surface so much loved in my city.

Well later, Super Sports proved themselves again on a highway. They are created for speed and stability.

Verdict? Well, Continental Winter Contact 850 P is not what I call a winter tyre. But if you drive a kind of sporty car, do not have much choice, then go for them. They are nice, comfortable winter tyres which allow you to drive closer to 200km/H at some reckless occasions.

Wear? Yes, they are Conties. They wear fast. After two winter seasons, I am not sure they are likely to last through another one.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 3, 2019   
Given 63% while driving a Subaru BRZ (215/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Very good winter tyre for a sportscar in dry condition. Pretty pricy and it wears very fast. Snow grip is good but I had loads of problems on ice and very cold temperatures. I expected more from this tyre expecially considering the price.
6 - tyre reviewed on January 5, 2019   
Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
Brought a set of alloys wheels + TS850P (225/40 R18)s for winter use. Swapped out ContiSportContact 5Ps (230/35 R19)s which are great but stop working at temperatures lower than 10degC.

These are really confidence inspiring on the ungritted roads that I have to transit every morning and evening. Great grip, steering feel and comfort. Can't comment on snow traction yet.

On previous Jag XF I ran Nokian WR A4 which were good in snow but only okay in other conditions. Can't do a direct comparison as new car is AWD but TS850Ps feel far superior in the wet and cold that is more common in
UK than full on snow.

Would probably have gone for TS860Ss had they been available but these TS850Ps I'm sure are nearly as good. Only downside is that they are a bit pricey so shop around. If you can go for a wheel + tyre package for best value and minimizing chance of denting your posh summer wheels. I keep my cars typically for 7+years so I'll get the usage out of them in that time.

Bring on the snow !
1 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2018   

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